EastnMike said:Michelin Commander is a great tire, I ran one for several miles on my last Boss, But I changed my original Avon out last summer with a Metzeler Marathon 880, and I LOVE it! The tread pattern is awesome, the rain grip is excellent, and the mileage seems better (to me) than the other tires I have tried. I have over 4000 miles on this Metzeler, including a 2200 mile trip last month to the Keys, and the tread looks almost brand new still, and several bursts of 140-145 mph during this time. I have never felt any handling problems with it, and it balanced out easily also. I highly recommend the Metzeler. Maybe someone else here has tried the 880 also? I truly believe I should get 12,000 - 15,000 miles out of this tire (maybe more the way it looks). The most I could ever get from the Avon Venom was 7,000-9,500 miles. I have no cupping indications as of yet at all, and I run a consistent 49PSI pressure, checked weekly.
For the stock wheel the only size that is rated for the weight is a "cruiser type" tire. I have had many front y speed rated tires for my Hayabusa, Ducati and Bandit in the past but unfortunately, they are not the right size--just look in any motorcycle catalog. If they made it I would have it you can be assured of that because I do not like running the non y speed rated tires. I have talked with the several people in the tire industry about this (I have worked on several tire development contracts for different aircraft and know a few people at Goodyear (who owns Dunlop) and Michelin as well as the design engineers here) and the answer is simple= not enough demand period to justify the development costs. Also our bikes were not made to go over 130 and be safe or the correct tire would have been developed by BH and put on it.zenbiker said:I have to disagree with Busa Dave on something. There are definitely V rated tires available for the front. Just look at any MC catalog.
Also...I warn anyone against going faster than the speed rating of the tire. I've posted this before but several years ago I had my 104 rear wheel HP Harley stroker on a dyno and the asshole running it took it up to 160 mph at which time the Conti H rated rear tire I was running disintegrated completely in front of my eyes. I had admonished him not to exceed 5000 rpm but he just let it loose to well over 6000 with my 6 speed trans. The tread ballooned out and began to fly away from the carcass in pieces.
The tire had a few hundred miles on it.
I became a believer in speed ratings at that point. Most people understand these ratings as theoretical but I saw what they mean with these two eyes.
The higher speed rated tires are stiffer, have thinner treads for greater heat dissipation and are much less comfortable to ride but if you are in the groove of doing 145 or so, I wouldn't even consider an H rated tire....Joe